Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
Being a good friend can be difficult for some students. Help your students become kinder, better friends, and generally good people with this interactive friendship activity! This can be used for independent friendship learning or as a friendship
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Classroom Community
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas, Posters
$4.25
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By Susan Berkowitz
The words Yes and No can be very powerful and empowering for our students with limited verbal skills. Help your students recognize good and bad behaviors while practicing Yes and No with this picture book and included activities!Leslie Patricelli's
Subjects:
Special Education, Classroom Management, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$4.50
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a No Print resource with a focus on helping students identify signs of good and bad choices in social situations. There are 60 slides picturing appropriate and inappropriate behaviors.At the simplest level, students answer the question, "Is
Subjects:
Special Education, Classroom Management, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities
$6.00
Digital Download PDF (75.55 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This is a handout that briefly reviews how to be a good communication partner for a child who uses an augmentative communication/ picture based communication system.The handout addresses creating a positive communication environment, being
Subjects:
Special Education, Professional Development, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Handouts, Printables, For Parents
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
Enjoy this free communication board to use at library time with your nonverbal or minimally verbal AAC users. It first appeared as a freebie on my blog at http://kidzlearnlanguage.blogspot.com/2014/09/september-6-is-national-read-book-day.html It
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Activities, Printables
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
Here is another free picture communication board for your students who use augmentative communication. It is a 32-location board with a focus on core vocabulary related to eating times. It uses SymbolStix from News2You, which most AAC systems are
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a FREE picture communication board with core vocabulary for students who use augmentative-alternative communication (AAC). Research shows that core words provide students with the most robust and flexible access to words they need for
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Printables
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a free picture communication board for any of your students - or anyone else - who uses augmentative communication. I have lots of other free communication boards in my store, as well as resources with a variety of core word and
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables
FREE
6
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By Susan Berkowitz
Here are two picture communication boards for Hanukkah and Christmas for your students who use augmentative communication. These 32-location picture communication boards use Symbol Stix (like most of the aac apps and devices). Let your
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Early Intervention
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Activities, Printables
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
Emerging AAC users need lots of Aided Language Stimulation (ALgS) and opportunities to practice beginning core words. More experienced AAC users need continued Aided Input (AI), scaffolding to support expanded utterances, support for a variety of
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Handouts, For Parents
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
Let me help you with your students who use AAC (augmentative-alternative communication). I can help you with knowing where to start, and what best practices are. Start by watching my AAC from A-Z videos with tips to help you. In this first video, I
Subjects:
Special Education, Professional Development, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Staff, Not Grade Specific
Types:
Handouts, For Parents, Professional Development
FREE
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Video & Supporting Document
Duration: 02:35
By Susan Berkowitz
If you are working with students who need to use AAC (augmentative-alternative communication) and are looking for tips for best practices for implementation, this video series is for you. This video is #2 in a series about teaching strategies for
Subjects:
Special Education, Professional Development, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Classroom Forms, Professional Development
FREE
5
Video & Supporting Document
Duration: 02:21
By Susan Berkowitz
#kindnessnation We are all trying to make kids be kinder, better friends, and generally good people. These 10 posters can hang in your room as colorful reminders of friendship behaviors. They can also serve as a discussion point for lessons in
Subjects:
Life Skills, School Counseling, Classroom Community
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas, Posters
FREE
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been a speech-language pathologist for 40 years, before which I worked with kids with autism. I have been in the classroom, therapy room, and worked as an administrator. I have worked in public and nonpublic schools. I currently specialize in alternative-augmentative communication for nonverbal students and in training staff to implement aac in their classrooms. I teach workshops locally and nationally on augmentative communication and on teaching literacy skills to students with complex communication needs, and have written CEU on-line courses for SLPs about AAC. I have published research articles in peer reviewed journals, and spent considerable time working on translating research into practice.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Working with students with significant special needs has taught me to do whatever works - which can be different for every student in the group. While I have a strong background in applied behavior analysis from working with kids with autism, I utilize a wide variety of strategies and styles! I want to teach teachers and SLPs to consider all options for teaching students with Complex Communication Needs because we need to presume competence for ALL kids. I feel strongly that if a child doesn't learn HE has not failed. WE have.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have had research papers published in peer review professional journals, and have presented at numerous national and international conferences and on webinars. I have also written more than 16 professional CEU hour courses for an on-line university program for SLPs about AAC. And have recently written a book about AAC implementation for parents, teachers, and SLPs. My blog has been named one of the top 5 AAC blogs, one of the top100 Language blogs and top 100 speech therapy blogs.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a B.A. in Psychology, M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, M. Ed. in School Administration, and extensive graduate level classes in Special Education (enough for a whole other Master's degree - but why?). I believe this varied background has given me a deeper understanding of what these kids - and their teachers - need.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have 2 (grown) children, 1 husband, and 2 cats. I spend as much spare time as I can in my art studio, creating unique jewelry and mixed media assemblage art dolls, or just stealing time for a quick sketch.

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